I just did a 180 from my last post. I went from being rejected for not having enough experience to being hired at a job I’ve wanted since I first started beauty school. I’m now working 6 days a week, full time, 40% commission and above-minimum wage salary at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop. This is possibly the luckiest I’ve been in a long time.
I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had given up after I got turned down at my last job interview (the reason I wrote my last over-dramatic blog post). I guess something inside of me was telling me to apply for Floyd’s again. And the funny thing about it is I’ve applied maybe 20 times over the last year.
I originally got a call back from Floyds in September. At the time I had just accepted a job at Sport Clips. Sport Clips said I wasn’t quite up to their level of cutting yet, but they were willing to train me and let me be a temporary “receptionist” until I was ready. So naturally I turned down Floyds because I already got the job at Sport Clips. When I began at Sport Clips, I made minimum wage which was $11.50 in Colorado last year. I was attending my second beauty school at this time and I was there Thursday thru Saturday. Because Sport Clips is busiest on the weekends, they could only let me work then. So I worked one day a week. For almost 2 months. On minimum wage. I just about lost my mind while I was there too. You had to be in dress code, I had to answer a phone when they never fully taught me how or what to say, or even how to read the computer. All I did all day was do laundry and clean their tools. Amazing right? I did that for 6 hours straight once a week. Did I ever cut hair or anything to help me prepare for being a stylist?
Big. Fat. No.
They used me for Sundays to do their work for them. So I left that job and started working in retail. But I had beat myself up mentally for rejecting a job interview at Floyd’s to begin with. I should never have turned it down, but in the end, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten a job at Floyd’s in the end? And maybe it would have ruined my chance to get hired there now that I’m more experienced. Maybe I wouldn’t have gotten a call back at all. Learning how to not think about the “what ifs” of life is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my career. It all worked out now. But what if I had done something differently?
But anyway, the point is the difference in environment and attitude and energy is so drastically different at Floyd’s that I couldn’t imagine working at a better place for my first job as a barber. They don’t have a strict dress code, you don’t always have to be doing something even when business is slow, I make money I can live off of, and everyone who works there is very open to help. Since I’m so new out of school, there’s still a lot for me to learn. And most barbershops when they hire you, expect you to be amazing at it right off the bat. But it’s unrealistic. Thank God Floyd’s understands that.
The last week and a half I’ve been working there I’ve learned so much. I’m glad I was patient through that time. I’m sure if I wasn’t hopeful I would have caved and got a job at Dominos or something. I know I haven’t made it this far by my own ability. It took some divine intervention to pull me out of the mudslide that my life was becoming but I’m glad it all happened the way it did.
And one last thing to mention: To the people who don’t have a father figure, to those who are struggling to become fathers, to the father who have lost children, to the children who have lost fathers, and to the children with strained or broken relationships with their fathers: I see you. I know Father’s Day is hard. Everything will be okay. God Bless.
On a final, completely different note.
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